Military watch review – Suunto X-Lander: A Perfect Choice for the Outdoor Enthusiast

military watch for men

Suunto X-Lander Review – Recently, when I met an old friend, he was eulogizing about how awesome the Suunto X-Lander was, which he bought it a year ago. He is in the military and has owned a Suunto-X-Lander for a year now. I have always admired Suunto watches as they have been renowned for providing consumers with first-rate quality and superior technology watches. So after the recent meeting with my old pal, I was convicted to write a review and share with people about this Suunto X-Lander.
As I did my research on the watch, I realise why my friend decided to buy this popular Suunto X-Lander. Why this Suunto X-Lander is popular is because it has proven its accuracy and reliability through a great number of tests. It has a combination of functions which includes altimeter, compass and barometer, all combined in a stylish and high-tech aluminium casing. The Suunto X-Lander is equipped with a mineral crystal glass face and a carbon fiber. It is one tough wristop computer, which is appealing to both soldiers and athletes.
It’s all about the features…

Altimeter

One thing you won’t find on cheaper watches is an altimeter function. The altimeter function features a range from -500m to 9000m, which easily puts 14 of the world’s 8000+ meter summits within the range of your watch. It has different memory functions as well as an adjustable altitude alarm. With the logbook function, you can record the cumulative ascents and descents. Used by people in the mining industry (1000ft underground!), yet they claim that this Suunto offers immaculate depth and compass measurements.
Barometer

I really like this feature. This Suunto X-Lander displays the barometric pressure (range 8.90 – 32.40 inHg) and temperature (range -20 – +60 C) and it stores pressure information in its memory from the last 4 days. In addition, it also shows the current sea level pressure, which makes it easier for you to understand barometric pressure at high altitudes.
Compass

This watch comes with an electronic compass (a must for military watches), which displays the cardinal or half-cardinal point, and the North-South arrow can display bearings with 3-degree accuracy. An awesome function of this compass is that you can set it to track a certain bearing, which helps you to follow a chosen direction. And not forgetting one very important feature which every real and serious compass should have is the declination adjustment feature. If there are any features that simplify maps and compass work, this is it. Basically, this is a really useful feature for outdoor and military personnel.
Weight and durability does matter!

As we need to wear our sports or military watches on outdoor trips, it makes sense to buy a relatively lightweight one. I saw this other watch some time ago, it was heavy as hell. The consumers were complaining about wearing a mini wrist-weight around. One of the things I really appreciate about this Suunto X-lander is that it is super lightweight as it is made of aluminium, and it is also very durable; specially made for outdoors activity.
Other features of this watch includes 3 daily alarms which is loud enough to wake the dead J, a stop watch with 2 split time measurements, water resistant of 30m, and electroluminescent backlight; this lighting technology greatly reduce the power consumption.

In summary, these are the pros and cons:

Suunto Pros:

– Face always displays useful information, no matter the mode
– Barometric trend shown in Time mode
– Day and Date shown in Time mode
– Compass responsiveness
– Altimeter responsiveness
– Buttons are easy to activate
– Logbook feature
– Huge black clasp is cool/tough looking
– All black + negative face = Darth Vader look J
– Backlight is easy to read at night
– Very lightweight
– Can hold up under tough conditions

Suunto Cons:

– Requires batteries; most watches do, except for the more expensive ones
– Have to hold the “Mode” button for 2 seconds to activate backlight
The cons are not really discouraging as most watches do require batteries, but I must agree that it is quite cumbersome if you want to activate the light. As you can see, the pros far outweigh the cons of this watch. I love everything about this Suunto X-lander, including the name, reminds me of a Vin Diesel movie. Not only does the name sounds good, it is backed with great features, nice looking design, an overall quality product I would say. It is perfect for any outdoor enthusiast, or if you’re working in outdoor settings like the military.

Does it include a warranty?

Yes you bet! Suunto watches have a proven ability to resist scratches, impacts, and water. Suunto stands firmly behind their products, offering a full 2 year Full Factory Warranty for every watch they produce.

What other consumers are saying

“Supreme accuracy from this small device”
“If you want a reliable, user-friendly all-in-one watch, this is it!”
“Reliable, rugged and easy to use”
“Will buy this watch again!”
Click here to read more reviews from consumers in Amazon who actually use this watch.
How much should you expect to pay?

Suunto X-Lander is sold at Suuntowatches.com for $299 while eBay sells it at $250. But you really shouldn’t be paying any more than $220 for this product. As always, Amazon has the best deal, plus they include free shipping as well.
The watch gained an average of 4/5 stars from consumers in Amazon.

History of Orient – A prestigious Japanese watch company

orient Japanese watchmaker

Orient is one of the big 4 in the timepiece industry in Japan. They mainly focus on producing mechanical wristwatches. With milestone models such as Grand Prix 100 (1964), Fineness (1967), Power Reserve (1996), Orient has proved their accuracy and reinforced the reputation as the best brand for affordable mechanical watches with in-house movements.

Orient watch was founded in Hino, Tokyo, Japan. (July 13th 1950). It has been a subsidiary of Seiko since 2001 but its wristwatches are designed and manufactured separately from Seiko.

The history of Orient started since 1901 when Shogoro Yoshida opened a watch shop in Ueno Tokyo. At first, he just imported pocketwatches. In 1912, he expanded his business by making wristwatch cases. In 1920, he started Tokyo Tokei Manufacturing which originally produced clocks. In 1934, the company began manufacturing wristwatches.  It had achieved high growth until the eruption of the World War II. Due to the crisis after the war, the factory had to close in 1949. But just one year later Tokyo Tokei Manufacturing was reborn as Tama Keiki Co. Ltd in Hino.

History

Orient differentiate themselves from other timepiece makers in Japan by producing all their movements and most components of the watch in-house. Here are some important milestones in their history:

In 1951, the managements decided to change Tama Keiki Co. Ltd into Orient Watch Co., Ltd. They produced their first wristwatch, the Orient Star. The name reflects their desire to create a watch which shines like a star not only in term of design but components and quality. Orient’s later classic model like Jupiter and Dynamic was inspired by this model. It has two hands and a subdial to indicate second.

In 1956, Orient released its first timepiece with three hands united in a center pivot. The modern dial was said to have been made by a craftman who craved Arabic numbers on a piece of soap with a razor until the designers satisfied.

In 1960, Orient premier brand, Orient Royal was launched. It was simple but intricate and elegant, which is still a standard of classic and elegant design.

In 1965, Grand Prix 100, the domestic wristwatch with most jewels at that time. The movement had 89 rubies and 11 sapphires.

1967: In the 1960s, timepiece makers were in a race trying to create a thinner wristwatch. Orient succeeded in making the world’s thinnest watch for its time, with proper day and date calendar functions. Fineness model had a 3.9mm movement.

1976, Orient released its first LED watch, the Touchtron.

1979: A new step in manufacturing watches with ultimate accuracy. Orientron Just had an internal IC which memorized the time spent to adjust the watch. It turned the second hand to the correct position when the wearer finished adjusting.

In 2003, the Orient Technical Center (OTC) was established and began assembling luxury wristwatches.

In 2005, Orient launched their first professional dive watches which can satisfy the most demanding diving requirements. This model can work well under 300meter deep. They consisted of  highly shock resistant movements and corrosion resistant dials. (For more info about their affordable dive watches, click here!)

Product lines

Having a narrow range of products line is not a disadvantage for Orient. Their classic and basic mechanical watches are considered a bargain.

Some well-known Orient product lines:

  • Orient Bambino (ER):  Classic and simple

orient bambino

orient mako and ray

  • Orient Pro Saturation Diver : Watches for pro divers.

orient saturation pro diver

  • Orient Star : High-class dress watches

orient star

7 Ways to Make E-Mail Less Miserable

email

Poor e-mail. Remember when it was the darling of the communications world? 1998…admit it, when you heard those words “You’ve Got Mail” you tingled with anticipation. Fast forward to today, and you likely dread the thought of opening your laptop to reveal the inevitable flood of nonsensical e-mail.

But, the undeniable fact is this: e-mail is not going away. You don’t have to love it, but to communicate well today, you simply must learn how to manage it properly. Here are 7 ways to make your e-mail experience far less miserable.

1. Check your inbox less. A lot less.

In 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss suggests immediately reducing your e-mail checking habit to a max of twice per day. Admittedly, I can’t yet take this extreme step. But I’m getting there, and can see major benefits to working uninterrupted. Tasks that used to take an hour (with sneaky little interruptions every 5 minutes) can be completed in 20 minutes of laser focus.

2. Unsubscribe from every mailing list (or close to it).

There is no activity more cleansing for your soul than hitting that “unsubscribe” button. After years of daily e-mails I’ve finally figured out that Old Navy is always having a sale. E-mail is for important communication, not for unrelenting spamvertising.

3. Use GMail.

use google

At first, I was a resistor to GMail. But, as often is the case, I was dead wrong. Automatic filters, unparalleled search capabilities, conversation tracking, and nearly unlimited free storage make GMail a slam dunk. Add in unbeatable spam blocking, and the decision is a no-brainer. You don’t want to give up the AOL account you’ve had since 1998? Keep reading…

4. Forward all e-mail accounts to GMail.

I have a “friend” who used to check 4 separate e-mail accounts multiple times per day (hint: me). Forwarding all e-mails to GMail is an absolute snap, and will save you precious time every single day. Worried that you’ll get all the accounts mixed up? Don’t be. You can pre-set labels so that e-mail from unique accounts is marked as such. Brilliantly, from within GMail, you can also send mail from any outside account.

5. Use your e-mail signature to the fullest.

The e-mail signature is one of the most under-utilized tools out there. Without saying a word, you can instantly provide your e-mail counterpart everything they need to know about you. Include links or icons to your social media accounts. Include a link to your blog. Heck, even include a F.A.Q. link so that you can avoid a back and forth e-mail chain discussing your capabilities.

6. Utilize temporary e-mail addresses.

So you took my advice and unsubscribed from every mailing list? Great! But now Ben & Jerry’s is asking for your e-mail address before they’ll dish out a Chunky Monkey coupon code? Problem solved. Go to Mailinator.com and pick out a shiny new e-mail address that will only last a few hours. By the time your ice cream melts your e-mail address will have disappeared.

7. Create e-mail templates for recurring situations.

Tired of getting asked the same questions every day via e-mail? Reduce your stress by creating templates with pre-loaded answers. Swap out the name and a detail or two, and you are good to go. Or even better, as Tim Ferriss suggests, are auto-responders that fire off templated e-mails without even the click of a mouse.

(A post by RYAN RANCATORE)

Business Suit Caring

caring business suit

Caring for a business suit is not a difficult task, and if you follow these simple steps your new suit can last a lifetime and stay looking fabulous!

1. Hanging Your Business Suit

All new suits should be hanged.0 The hanger shall be designed with wide shoulder supports to keep your suit jacket in shape and looking good!

2. Cleaning and Maintaining Your New Suit

All suits are 100% dry clean only! (and no that is not code for its ok to hand wash) Suits are designed and manufactured through and intricate process with a lot of work going into those fashionably desired shoulder pads, so take my advice: leave cleaning it to the professionals!

Should you find remnants of yesterdays lunch on your business suit it is best to ask your drycleaner to spot-clean the affected area.

Not all stains make it necessary for you to have your business suit completely dry cleaned. In fact, excessive dry-cleaning will reduce the life of your new suit. Periodic brushing with a natural bristle brush and airing outside will freshen up your business suit and assist in the maintenance of its original appearance.

Should your suit acquire some cringe-worthy creasing and need a good press, it is best left to your dry-cleaner. Ask for a press only. However should you discover this crease an hour before your important, career changing board meeting, you can carefully press the affected areas yourself using a damp cloth or sheet of PLAIN paper between your iron and the suits outer fabric.

HINT: when travelling as neither a dry cleaner nor iron may be available you can hang you suit for a few minutes in a steamed up bathroom then leave overnight to dry!!

3. Repairs

It’s everybody’s worst nightmare, sitting down (or bending over) and hearing the sound of a seam tearing! While most damages to your suit due to general wear and tear are unavoidable, the good news is that most damages are repairable. Should your suit require any minor repairs such as a popped button or dropped hem, anyone with a precise sewing hand may find it easy to repair them.

For all us mortals who find it hard enough just threading a needle, minor damages and most major damages can be fixed by a professional tailor for a small fee. (usually $15-$25)

If you take my advice and look after your suit, your new business suit, evening suit or casual suit will last a life time.

Choosing formal shirts for men – Is it really easy?

formal shirt for men

The first concern when dressing a man (ladies!) or getting dressed (men!) is the shirt. Care must always be taken to ensure that the mens long sleeve shirts you wish to wear perfectly match the look you wish to portray.

This is especially the case of formal dress. Dress shirts for men need very little accessorizing. They look stunning straight out of the box. It fits any era, very little change has taken place in the styling of the mens dress shirt since they came into being.

So, finding the perfect dress shirt should be easy, right? Wrong! Mistakes are made in the cheaper version that would usually never happen in the more expensive market. The idea, therefore, is to find a cheaper outlet who supplies a quality dress shirt. If you find one, you are in total control of what you buy, not the expensive pricing of the top range items.

The main point of variation in men shirts is the price. The main reason for price variation is down to label variation. It is quite a task to get the shirt you desire without automatically selecting from the more expensive ranges.
How a shirt is fitted should be a purchaser’s main concern. This is not always the case, as we have already discussed, as price usually narrows down the choice. However, with price taken into account there are a few fitting points of note.

People always assume that only a tailored dress shirt fits perfectly. This is simply not the case. As long as you follow a few simple steps, perfectly fitting shirts can be available straight off the rack.

Whichever shirt you end up with, getting measured is a necessity. Chest and waist should be measured at the largest circumference. Length and back are obvious. Sleeve length is measured from the shoulder to the seam of the cuff.

The most common dimension that most men remember is the collar measurement. This should be the circumference of the neck with an inch added on for comfort.

Getting the fit right by understanding which measurements you need will eliminate garments that do not fit correctly and allow you to concentrate on personal taste and style of those that do.

Getting the ornamentation of the shirt right is crucial. Too formal and people will ask you where the wedding is; dressing down will result in attention of a more negative sense.

Adding a smart print or perhaps a stripe will let you stand out from other shirt-wearers, but make sure the design fits the occasion and the rest of your attire. Buttons at the cuffs as opposed to cufflinks are deemed to be suitable for every occasion. The latter, however, is a definite touch of class to finish off your outfit. However, ornamental cufflinks should always be avoided, especially those depicting cartoon characters. Keep them plain and everyone will be happy.

So, as suggested at the beginning, selecting a formal dress shirt need not be the expensive exercise that you possibly thought it would be at the outset. As long as you have time to look around and you know what measurements you need for your shirt to fit perfectly, the shirt that compliments the rest of your attire is easier to achieve than you thought it would be.

Different Watches For Different Occasions

If you are anything like me than you want to look your best at all times. I can attest to the fact that looking great outside makes one feel just as great inside. Dressing to fit the situation is somewhat of an importance to me, and I think majority of you will agree with that statement. This includes clothing and accessories you wear on a day to day basis based on where you are going.

If you were entering the gym for a workout, you would not wear your business suit and a platinum diamond studded watch. General rule of thumb is to dress for where you will be. In this case sports watches, maybe even a digital watch, or analog would fit the bill. If you are looking to spend some quality time at the pool in the gym, you may even consider a men’s sports watch, since it shows distance and speed, or a diver’s watch, which will not be affected underwater.

dive watches collection

Some popular dive watches

Men’s watches come in many different styles to match the daily and hectic life they lead. When considering a watch for work, the most commonly used are the ones with metal or leather bracelets. Analog watches are more abundant with work attire.

If a night out on the town with executives to impress is the next affair you will be attending, or maybe taking out that special dame in your life, then consider a more elegant watch, maybe one that showcases your exquisite taste, like a platinum band diamond studded piece. This is a sign of opulence and distinction.

panerai sport watch

Panerai, an upper-class military-style watch

Watches for men are available for all budgets and selections. You can find digital watches for men, analog, chronograph, divers, and everything in between. Quality brand-name and designer watches are made for everyday professional and leisure activities.